The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°05' to the north of Venus. The Moon will be 25 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:08 (EDT) – 2 hours and 57 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 20° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:46.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.5, and Venus at mag -4.3, both in the constellation Ophiuchus.

The pair will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Venus around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the two objects at the moment of conjunction will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 17h43m20s -20°41' Ophiuchus -10.5 29'53"7
Venus 17h43m20s -20°47' Ophiuchus -4.3 19"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.

The sky on 31 January 2019
Sunrise
07:04
Sunset
17:06
Twilight ends
18:41
Twilight begins
05:29

25-day old moon
Waning Crescent

14%

25 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:19 12:12 17:05
Venus 04:07 08:53 13:39
Moon 03:58 08:45 13:33
Mars 09:52 16:25 22:57
Jupiter 03:36 08:16 12:56
Saturn 05:34 10:14 14:54
All times shown in EST.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Fairfield

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41.14°N
73.26°W
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